Jose Mourinho refuses to apologise to Arsene Wenger

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refused to apologise for the disrespectful comment made about Arsene Wenger last season, whereby he labelled the Arsenal boss a 'specialist in failure'.

The Portuguese tactician was asked whether he regretted the statement during Friday's pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's Premier League encounter between the two sides at Stamford Bridge.

However, Mourinho was reluctant to say sorry to his opposite number in the build-up to Sunday's clash, after claiming that he never heard anything from the Frenchman after his similarly impudent quote suggesting that the Blues coach was 'afraid to fail'.

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Stubborn stance

"I didn't get an apology so I don't apologise," he was quoted as saying by "My feeling is to get over it, forget it and to move forward without thinking about what happened, you don't need to apologise.

"I don't need to get an apology, I don't need to apologise. Football people, intelligent people we don't need that. Finish, move and let's go for another match with a big responsibility for both of us.

"We manage two big clubs in London and have responsibility to have a good football match for millions of fans that both clubs have and the League has. So no problems."

Table-topping Chelsea welcome the Gunners to west London for the first time since they thrashed them 6-0 in what turned out to be a disastrous 1000th game in charge for Wenger.

Spoiled the party

The landmark was emphatically spoiled by Mourinho's men, but just because they enjoyed such success in the previous meeting doesn't mean that this weekend's match will be easy.

"The 6-0 is once every 50 years," he added. "Me against Arsene Wenger? I never had the pleasure to play one-on-one against him. It's Chelsea and Arsenal and even that doesn't play a part.

"What happens in the past, is the past. It's a difficult match against a good team. I expect a difficult match, it doesn't matter their approach or what they try to do.

"They will always be a difficult opponent. But I always expect [to win] every game, every opponent. Nothing changes that."

Pride on the line

Arsenal travel to their capital rivals off the back of a comfortable 4-1 victory against Galatasaray in the Champions League, with deadline day signing Danny Welbeck netting an impressive hat-trick at the Emirates on Wednesday.

The new talisman will be expected to lead the line against Chelsea and provide the sort of attacking impetus that has previously been missing during Arsenal's recent trips west London, and the £16 million striker's threat is not lost on Mourinho.

"[He is] a threat," the Blues boss noted. "He was a threat playing for [Manchester] United. [And] he's a threat now."

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